Pictorial Review

Imaging of appendicitis

Himal Gajjar, Anthony Levy
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 12, No 4 | a553 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v12i4.553 | © 2008 Himal Gajjar, Anthony Levy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 February 2008 | Published: 05 March 2008

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Himal Gajjar, University of Cape Town
Anthony Levy, University of Cape Town

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Abstract

Appendicitis is one of the commonest causes of abdominal pain requiring surgery. Early diagnosis and management are essential to reduce morbidity and mortality. Imaging is valuable in the diagnosis of cases that are clinically atypical. Imaging also allows evaluation of the complications of appendicitis. In certain circumstances, conservative treatment of complicated appendicitis with percutaneous drainage is appropriate.

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Appendicitis

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